Philippe Sly is already gaining international notoriety for his “beautiful, blooming tone and magnetic stage presence” (San Francisco Chronicle). He is the first prize winner of the prestigious 2012 Concours musical international de Montréal and a grand prize winner of the 2011 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions singing the varied repertoire of Mozart, Bach, Handel, Stravinsky and Wagner. Recently, he was awarded Concert of the Year in Romantic, Post-Romantic and Impressionist Music at the 16th annual ceremony of the Prix Opus in Québec.
After winning the MET National Council Auditions, he became a member of the ensemble at the Canadian Opera Company in the 2011 – 2012 season where he was seen as Hermann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Amantio di Nicolao in a new production of Gianni Schicchi directed by Catherine Malfitano and conducted by Andrew Davis, as well as A Scythian Man in Iphigénie en Tauride (C.W. Gluck) alongside the Iphigénie of Susan Graham. In 2012, Philippe Sly joined the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival where he made his Festival debut as Sithos in von Winter’s Das Labyrinth under the baton of Ivor Bolton. He also sang Bach’s St. John Passion with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under music director Kent Nagano and was soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic in Kuala Lumpur.
In the 2012 – 2013 season, Mr. Sly became a member of the prestigious Adler Fellowship Program at the San Francisco Opera where he made his mainstage debut as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte under music director Nicola Luisotti to great critical acclaim. On the concert stage, he sang Mozart’s Requiem with Pro Coro Canada in Edmonton, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Ottawa Bach Choir, and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Ottawa Choral Society, among others. In recital, he toured Canada with his longtime collaborator Michael McMahon (pianist), as part of the Debut Atlantic Series and was heard at the Toronto Summer Music Festival with pianist Julius Drake. Philippe was a Révélation Radio-Canada artist for the 2012 – 2013 season.
In the 2014 – 2015 season, Philippe Sly made his French debut at the Opéra Comique in Paris in Boesmans’ Au monde, and performed the role of Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at the San Francisco Opera. In concert, he appeared with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano in Honegger’s L’Aiglon which has been commercially released. He also appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Bach’s Matthäus Passion under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal in Handel’s Messiah. He has also appear as Antonio in a new recording of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro with Nézet-Séguin at the Baden Festival.
Philippe Sly began the 2015-2016 season in his hometown of Montreal singing his first performances of Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano. He also debuted at the Hamburg Opera in fullystaged performances of Bach’s Matthäus Passion under Kent Nagano, which will be broadcast across Europe. In the summer of 2016, Mr. Sly made his Glyndebourne debut as Claudio in a new production of Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict directed by Laurent Pelly and conducted by Antonello Manacorda. He was also seen in recital at the Banff Centre Artspring and with the Coast Recital Society. Additional concert engagements included Handel’s Solomon with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy, and a recording of Handel’s Messiah with the Trinity Wall Street Choir in New York City.
Philippe Sly holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal. His first solo album entitled “In Dreams” was released in 2012 to great critical acclaim, followed by an all Rameau album entitled “Les amants trahis” in 2013 and “Love’s Minstrels: English Songs from the 19th and 20th Centuries” in 2014.